About Primera C Metropolitana
The Primera C Metropolitana
is one of two professional leagues in Argentine football.
In Primera C Metropolitana, there are 20 clubs mainly from Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area (Greater Buenos Aires).
A second level four league is the Torneo Federal B, which features teams from regional leagues.
In Primera C, there are two league tournaments, the Apertura (opening) and the Clausura (closing).
Teams play each other once in the Apertura and again in the Clausura at the reverse venue.
Champions are the teams that win the two league titles.
The overall championship is decided by a playoff at the end of the season.
Upon winning the overall championship, the champion moves up to Primera B Metropolitana.
To determine which team will play in a promotion/relegation playoff against the 2nd lowest finishing team from Primera B Metropolitana, the 2nd to 8th placed teams enter a playoff series.
Therefore, the team with the lowest aggregate points total is automatically relegated to Primera D, while the team with the second lowest aggregate points total plays a promotion/relegation playoff with the winner of the Primera D playoff series.
The winner then competes in Primera C Metropolitana the following season.
Originally known as "Tercera División" (second level), the first championship was held in 1900, won by Alumni (still known as "English High School").
The Intermediate was suppressed in 1932, and Tercera División once again became the third division/level in 1933.
A new name was given to the tournament in 1944, "Primera Amateur", which lasted until 1962, when it became "Primera C".
In 1985, the division was restructured as the fourth league in Argentine football (below the Primera División, Primera B Nacional and Primera B Metropolitana).